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Barber Shop Chronicles
Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan Sheibani, Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham (London) to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra.
Wild and single, Julie (Vanessa Kirby) throws a huge party in her luxurious London house which rapidly descends into a fight for her own survival. Fueled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece Miss Julie remains shocking and fiercely relevant in this new version by Polly Stenham, directed by Carrie Cracknell.
The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
A Streetcar Named Desire
As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews directs Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella in a new adaptation of one of the most important plays of the 20th century.
Chekhov’s iconic characters are relocated to 1960s Nigeria on the brink of the Biafran Civil War in this bold adaptation by Inua Ellams. Nigeria, 1967. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fueled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos. Directed by Nadia Fall.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production with Tasmin Greig as a transformed Malvolia, in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives. Combining live theatre and digital technology in dazzling new ways, wonder.land is brought to life on stage by an extraordinary creative team. With stunning sets, costumes, video projection and lighting, and a score by Blur’s Damon Albarn, this is a musical like no other: an Alice for the online generation.